Sue started as dapaanz Executive Director July 2015 and was on the Executive for two years before this. She has a long history working in addictions as a practitioner, youth counsellor, manager and advisor.
Sue came to dapaanz from the Health Promotion Agency where she was Principal Advisor Addictions.
Position Executive Director
Clare was born and bred in Wellington, is the proud mother of two teenage daughters, and loves to live life to the full with friends and family.
Position Office Manager
Karen and her husband recently immigrated from South Africa to windy Wellington. Karen is an avid cat lover, she is loving life in beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ian has 47 years experience in addiction treatment, including working with homeless, in half-way houses, community detoxification, community treatment services; he was at the set-up of the National Addiction Centre, Kina Trust, and as the Executive Director of dapaanz for 13 years.
Ian continues to practice privately and serves on various professional panels including the addiction experts panel for the Health & Disability Commissioner.
Position Complaints Convener
Ben is National Youth Services Advisor for Odyssey, Auckland and the New Zealand Drug Foundation. He has a passion for empowering communities and supporting rangatahi to build on their resiliency and expand their views of who they can become. Ben is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.
Position Acting Chair
Selina is Clinical Coordinator at He Waka Tapu, Christchurch. She has been an addiction practitioner for 11 years and is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.
Anna is a Programme Lead with Matua Raki. Anna began her career in addictions in 1996 and is passionate about addiction workforce development and improving outcomes for children affected by parental addiction. She is a Standard Member.
Position Executive Board, Annabel Prescott | Dapaanz
Debby is Programme Manager, Odyssey (Auckland), with a main focus on coordinating the Counties Manukau AOD Provider Collaborative. She has worked in the addiction treatment sector for 20 years in a variety of roles. Debby is a Standard Member.
Takurua Tawera is Pou Whakarae for dapaanz. The Pou Whakarae role is nominated by the Māori caucus and has voting rights on the dapaanz board. Takurua works at Moana House, Dunedin as Pou Whakahaere. He is a registered practitioner.